The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), in partnership with Local Land Services (LLS), manages the implementation of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and the Native Vegetation Regulation 2013.
New Regulation, new ways of managing native vegetation
The NSW Government is reforming native vegetation management in NSW to deliver multiple benefits and strike the right balance between sustainable agriculture and protecting the environment.
The new Native Vegetation Regulation 2013 (the Regulation) commenced on 23 September 2013 and a number of provisions have already been introduced, including:
new or expanded exemptions to clear native vegetation without a property vegetation plan (PVP)
the common-sense decision to declare that yellow mimosa, a feral native species, can be cleared without approvals.
Self-assessable codes of practice for certain low-risk clearing activities are due to be implemented in 2014, in some cases replacing the need for a PVP. The first three self-assessable codes are now open for public exhibition.
The rules for clearing native vegetation without approval remain in place until the new self-assessable codes are finalised.
The environmental outcomes assessment methodology (EOAM) used to assess clearing proposals for PVPs is being reviewed to streamline the assessment process. It will be placed on exhibition later this year for public comment.
Additional codes of practice are also planned for drafting and exhibition later in 2014.